Did you now that there is an underlying narrative you have bought into that determines how you live your life? And did you know that it might not be the one you think it is? Maybe the true change we need to make in our life isn’t being more patient, but changing the story that gives our life meaning and purpose.
Jesus isn’t just a nice story, a historical figure who was a good teacher whose wisdom we can learn from. Jesus is active, even now, even here. He stretches forth his hand through time, and he is active even now.
John the Baptist announces the coming of a kingdom, which isn’t a socio-political something, but a person. But is this person one we long for? Do we long for him like we do other people in our real life?
Does being a Christian really just mean “going to church”? The proposal of Advent is one that calls us back to the truly profound mystery of our faith: Christ has come, Christ is coming, Christ will come. He comes to us even now, if only we would pay attention.
It is easy to be offended and scandalized at how God chooses to work in our life. It is easy to think that God doesn’t care, or that God does exist. That’s the easy route. But blessed is the one who doesn’t abandon ship because things aren’t exactly how they would have them.
Advent is meant as a wake-up call to this second coming! Just like Jesus came once, he will come again.
¡Adviento es una llamada de atención a esta segunda venida! Al igual que Jesús vino una vez, vendrá otra vez.
We know that there is some insurmountable gap between us and what we truly want. When we look at our experience, that is what we find.